Mary Robinette Kowal


Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Glamour in Glass (2012) and Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean.

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit


Mary Robinette Kowal

SiWC Workshops

Friday 10:30am

Science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer, fantasy writer Sam Sykes, and historical fantasy writer Mary Robinette Kowal combine to discuss the importance of humour within the SFF genre, and the finer points of how to make it work. This panel will likely be of interest to those writing any genre. Fisticuffs expected! kc dyer moderates.

Saturday 10:30am

When your books are marketed to women with covers most men would hesitate to buy, even if they don't feature half-naked people, how do you bring the focus to the great story inside? Can you build a readership that's not just female, or do you even want to try? Join this panel for a discussion of the rewards and pitfalls of writing books primarily for women.

Friday 3:30pm

Publishers often want multiple books in the same universe, but if your first book ends on a tidy note, how do you structure the sequel? This looks at how to satisfy readers of your first book, by delivering the things that they love, while writing a book that can stand alone.

Saturday 3:30pm

Rather than attempting to deliver a rigid formula of the Perfect Outline, we'll look at the principles behind outlining. We'll cover the principles, outlining in single POV, multiple POV, and some different plot structures. By understanding the reasons to use an outline, and the different pieces, even non-outliners will have a broader set of tools in their box for writing.